Not so long ago, my Dad hurt my feelings. It was with words, not intentional, and when he found out he apologized. Now don't get me wrong. My Dad is awesome. I have said many times that he is in loving character the closest thing to Jesus in the flesh! And even though I am a grown woman, I still got my feelings hurt.
I went home to tell my husband all about it. And after I had talked and vented and pouted, he looked at me with that sad look he sometimes gets.
"At least you have a father to hurt your feelings."
Now I have another perspective.
A close friend of mine had a dying mother. She became angry with God and told Him, "If I'm going through this pain just so I can help someone else, that is not ok. It's not acceptable."
Two women walk up to a pastor, and let him know quite strongly, I hate men!!"
One of them had been molested repeatedly by her step father. The other one had been taken to a truck stop when she was 10 and sold to the truck drivers for sex so that her mother could have drug money.
These were the reasons for their hatred of men and subsequent lesbian lifestyles.
A gay man had been treated so badly by church people professing to be "Godly" that he turned against God and became an atheist. More perspective....
As a woman that grew up with a near perfect childhood, Christian parents, precious promises, and prayer daily along with hugs and kisses and love.... It took my getting into the world, making lots of mistakes, and trying to lean on my own understanding to gain another perspective
Becoming pregnant at 18. Getting married at 19. Divorced by 20. And that's just the beginning of the story.
Proverbs 3: 5&6 says, "Trust in The Lord with all your heart. Don't lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge The Lord in all that you do, and He will direct your path."
Each time we take a path that is off the course that God set out for us, we gain a new PERSPECTIVE.
And our new perspectives then become a vital part of our story. How we understand others, a little glimpse at the way God sees.
My story is still being written. Every day I gain a new perspective.
What is your new perspective?
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